Best Weekend Ever: Firefly Festival, Carrie Underwood, Sigur Ros, U2

Featured photo by Jeff Johnson


This weekend isn’t going to have ideal weather but the outdoor shows must go on. Bring what you need to be comfortable for the outdoor shows, but make sure you read up on the venues’ policies on what you can and cannot bring in.



Thursday 6/15:

Firefly kicks off in Dover with must-see Maggie Rogers, K. Flay, Kaleo, and Glass Animals. There are more killer headliners coming throughout the weekend, including 21 Pilots, The Weeknd, Bob Dylan, and Chance the Rapper. To keep up with the festival, check out the schedule for each day here. If you don’t have passes yet, check which single day and 3 day passes are available here.


American Idol winner and country superstar Carrie Underwood is coming to The Fillmore. As one of the few Idols who still remain relevant, she performed at the Wells Fargo Center last time she was in town and totally rocked. The Fillmore will present a beautiful stage for her powerful voice. Tickets here.


Friday 6/16:


One of Iceland’s bests, Sigur Ros is back in Philly at the Mann Center. They sold out the Kimmel Center last time they were in Philly with their ethereal rock. If you’re up for something audibly and visually different, they should be on your list of shows to see. Tickets for the Mann are still available here.


Land of Talk from Montreal has gained momentum and sold out at Boot and Saddle. Elizabeth Powell is the beating heart that powered Land of Talk since 2006. Her 7 year gap between her albums curated her best newest creations for a strong comeback with Life After Youth released last month. Have fun at the intimately sold out show, ticket holders!


Saturday 6/17:

Like costume parties? Like gothic rock? Then Dracula Ball at Trocadero with The Birthday Massacre will be the perfect way to spend your Saturday night. Costumes are allowed and encouraged. As a bonus, there will be FREE CANDY. Tickets can be purchased here.


Come see Deftones and Rise Against at Festival Pier if you want to head bang in the rain. Deftones’ latest album Gore was highly praised by critics and fans alike. Rise Against released Wolves last week through Virgin Records. Tickets are available here.


It’s feeling like summer, especially with all-around-feel-good Michael Franti and Spearhead coming to the Electric Factory. Stay woke with the performance from the politically charged poet/singer-songwriter. You will truly feel inspired by his messages and music. Buy tickets for the show here.



Sunday 6/18:


Come prepared for rain at Radio 104.5’s Summer Block Party with The Revivalists, Missio, July Talk, Irontom, and Philly’s Vital Stats at Festival Pier. The Revivalists from New Orleans are celebrating their 10th year as a band and their latest hit “Wish I Knew You” is cool and perfect. Missio’s “Middle Fingers” is rebellious and promotes non-conformity. As always, it is a free show, but tickets are required.


Come in to Ortlieb’s on Sunday night to see Evolfo from Brooklyn. They are in support of Last of the Acid Cowboys, their latest album, out through Royal Potato Family since April. Their single “Rat City” a grungy garage rock sound with a rocking bass line. Tickets are available here or at the door.



U2 is performing a sold out show at Lincoln Financial Field at night. As the world’s most rocking philanthropist, Bono shows no sign of slowing down as he adds more North American tour dates. The stadium show is rain or shine. If you still haven’t found the tickets you’re looking for, check for resale tickets here.


Are you going to these shows? If you have any pro tips for dealing with rainy outdoor shows, tell us in the comments!

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